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Lin Dan beats Wang Zhengming to reach final

Changzhou: China made it a clean sweep at China Masters GP Gold finals tomorrow following a spectacular all Chinese finals in all five categories.

The most anticipated match of the semi-finals was undoubtedly the match between Lin Dan and defending champion, Wang Zhengming. Lin Dan won all 3 of their previous meetings.Lin Dan beats Wang Zhengming to reach final

 

Wang used his jump smashes to good effect early in the first set to open up an 8-6 lead. However, his legendary opponent fought back to draw level at 8-8 and then reeled off 3 more consecutive points. The spirited Wang Zhengming was not yet done, as he again drew parity at 14-14 and pocketed three more points to eventually opening up a 19-16 gap. Nevertheless, the 2 time Olympic gold medalist knew how to score points and how to claw back just when it mattered the most. Combining his speedy movements, brilliance shots on top of several mistakes committed by Wang at this critical stage of the game, Lin Dan clinched the first set by winning 5 straight points at 21-16.Lin Dan shakes Wang Zhengming's hands after their semi-final match

Wang Zhengming clearly wasn’t able to pick himself up from the demoralizing defeat in the first set. After 6-6, Wang’s mistakes crept in. The defending champion could hardly match Lin Dan’s deception. Lin Dan then went all the way for a win at 21-12. Lin will play Tian Houwei who is also from China in tomorrow’s final.

“Each game has its ups and downs, but I always remain calm, and steady. I knew when to make mental adjustment and try different strategies to help me win. This is especially critical when I am facing an opponent who is playing at his top form. ” said Lin Dan after the match.

“If I allowed myself to be subject to fluctuations in the game, I would have already lost the last 2 point at the end of first set quickly”. Perhaps, this is the secret of his success.

Below is the complete result of China Masters GP Gold:

Order of play of Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time Draw Players Score Duration
Main Location – 1
   1. Starting at 12:00 PM MS
Houwei Tian [2] China[CHN]
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Hong Kong[HKG] Nan Wei [3]
21-15 21-14 0:47
   2. Followed by XD
Kai Lu [3] China[CHN]
Yaqiong Huang China[CHN]
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Malaysia[MAS] Aik Quan Tan
Malaysia[MAS] Yin Loo Lim
21-15 17-21 21-12 1:06
   3. Followed by MS
Dan Lin China[CHN]
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China[CHN] Zhengming Wang [1]
21-19 21-12 0:45
   4. Followed by MD
Jun Kang [1] China[CHN]
Cheng Liu China[CHN]
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Singapore[SIN] Danny Bawa Chrisnanta
Singapore[SIN] Chayut Triyachart
21-17 21-17 0:34
   5. Followed by WD
Ying Luo [1] China[CHN]
Yu Luo China[CHN]
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Japan[JPN] Ayane Kurihara
Japan[JPN] Naru Shinoya
21-13 21-11 0:43
   6. Starting at 7:00 PM MD
Yilv Wang China[CHN]
Wen Zhang China[CHN]
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China[CHN] Yun Cai
China[CHN] Kai Lu
21-19 21-19 0:44
   7. Followed by WD
Yaqiong Huang China[CHN]
Xiaohan Yu China[CHN]
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Singapore[SIN] Shinta Mulia Sari [2]
Singapore[SIN] Lei Yao
21-13 21-7 0:34
   8. Followed by WS
Xin (F) Liu China[CHN]
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China[CHN] Xirui Hui
21-9 21-10 0:23
   9. Followed by WS
Yaying Shen China[CHN]
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China[CHN] Xue Yao [2]
21-19 21-19 0:40
   10. Followed by XD
Yilv Wang China[CHN]
Huan Xia China[CHN]
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China[CHN] Yuchen Liu
China[CHN] Ying Luo
21-14 21-17 0:36

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